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CARES Act

Bradley University recently applied for and was approved to receive CARES Act - Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds from the federal government.  The distribution of these funds is based on the criteria developed by the US Department of Education.  These funds are for direct distribution to our Bradley University students and will follow a two step approach for distribution.  

The first step is a one-time $400 grant for incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.  Funds will be distributed to all eligible students as described below:

  1. Filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and have submitted all required documentation to the Bradley University Financial Aid office.
  2. Been an undergraduate or graduate student, enrolled in an in-person, degree-seeking program prior to March 13, 2020 and remained enrolled throughout the semester; and
  3. Been enrolled as at least a half-time student during Spring Semester 2020 and been making satisfactory academic progress.

Eligible students do not need to apply for the $400 grant funding.  The grants will be mailed directly to the student at their home address by May 15.  By cashing the grant check, the student confirms they have incurred $400 in expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.  The grant check may be taxable.

Bradley will also make additional grant funds available for eligible students. This second distribution step will require eligible students to complete an application to provide documentation of additional extraordinary one-time expenses incurred that are directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.  These grants will be capped at $2,600 per student and are available until the funds have been exhausted.  Students must meet the same eligibility requirements in step one.

Students submitting an application for an additional grant should consider their personal or family situations and events that meet the following criteria:

  1. Additional and unexpected costs related to the transition to online learning for the remainder of the semester.  This includes the costs of supplies, technology, etc. that are needed to adequately complete your coursework.
  2. Travel or moving expenses to return home due to the transition to online learning for the remainder of the semester.
  3. Unexpected costs of housing and meals as a result of the campus disruption.
  4. Increased medical expenses (including additional support needed for accessibility purposes).

If you have applicable expenses that are greater than $3000, list them in the application as well.  Completing an application does not guarantee the student will receive the full amount that the student is requesting.  Bradley University may ask for more information or clarification as the applications are being reviewed.  All disbursements made from the Bradley University CARES Act funding will be distributed directly to the student.  They are not able to be directly applied to any outstanding balances at the university.  As a reminder, funds will be disbursed until all the grant funds have been exhausted.

If you have additional questions regarding the disbursement of the CARES Act - Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds please review the frequently asked questions page at www.bradely.edu/coronavirus or reach out to cares@bradley.edu.


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